So I visited Paris last weekend alone. I repeat – I visited Paris alone. For my birthday. The same week as Valentine’s Day. The most romantic city in the world and I went solo. Whether you think that’s strange or not I’ll tell you why for me, it’s not.
It’s actually really awesome. There’s no better city to just re-fall in love with yourself and chocolate croissants at the same time. Like, what other city could do that for you? Who really thinks that one can only visit a city like Paris with friends or a romantic partner? Believe it not though, there are many that wouldn’t do it; Maybe that’s you but I’m here to tell you that you can and have an amazing time!
I strolled down the Seine River taking photos and admiring the atmosphere that makes Paris one of the most beautiful, special places in the world. I spent hours at the Louvre fully engaged in the magnificent artistry that line the famous, former palace halls. I even snapped a photo with the Mona Lisa.
I indulged in what has been called some of the best hot chocolate in Paris at La Charlotte de l’ isle, I wandered around the artistic, quaint neighborhoods of Le Marais and Montmartre(where my Air B&B was located) in which I experienced so many moments of gratitude. I had so much gratitude for the time I got to spend in the city that actually made me fall in love with Europe in the first place – the first city I ever visited in Europe.
I even had my own little dream come true moment when I finally made it to 31 Rue Cambon – Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel atelier/apartment.
What I’m trying to convey is that there is so much to do in Paris that if you are comfortable with yourself and stay busy exploring all the wonderful things that Paris has to offer, there’s really no way you should be sad about visiting Paris alone. Once one spends enough time in Paris you cannot help but fall in love with it. The architecture alone is just something else – it really stimulates my visual sense.
On another note, Paris erased all my bad feelings about visiting the same city twice. One of my goals with moving to Europe was to explore the whole continent. But, what I have realized is that there are certain cities that I have been more drawn to than others. Now, if all my flights were free I would probably visit all the cities I could. However, if you happen to find yourself in love with a particular country/city, there’s nothing wrong with spending your time and money going to that city as many times as you want.
So far I have visited Rome, Barcelona, Lisbon, and Paris twice and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. In fact, I would be happy to visit them all a 3rd, 4th, or 5th time. There’s something about visiting a city more than once; You get to know the city better. Since one typically gets all the touristy stuff out of the way during the first visit, you have time to explore all the local, unique places that a city has to offer without feeling guilty that you have to see some major landmark that may feel overrated.
I feel like I know the city of Paris so much better now, particularly because I walked everywhere. And the metro system? Not a difficult thing to figure out at all(although I credit this to my five years dealing with the NYC subway). Yes, I saw the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and visited the Lourve, but much of my time way just enjoying food and quaint neighborhoods.
Final thoughts: If you have the chance to visit Paris alone, do it. And if that time just happens to be your 2nd time there, even better. You’ll make memories by yourself and maybe one day you’ll get the chance to make memories there with someone else. In the meantime, visit Paris whenever you can because it’s always a good idea, solo or not.